Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's Not What You Think . . .

Did you see me in the back of a police squad this morning? Probably not, but that's where I was - and no, I didn't get arrested. :-D

I take an electric train into the city every day. When it's icy, there's often trouble on the lines. Usually just slow trains.

Today, however, was worse than usual. There was a real ice storm here last night. We have at least one a year it seems. But I got ready to go this morning, and put my cleats on the bottom of my hiking boots. I managed to NOT clear my driveway when it was still just snow and would have been easy . . . so now it's a big fat mess, but that's another story.

I walked down to the train and got on the first one that came. Which, after the doors had closed and we were past the platform, announced that the train had no power and we would be moving very slowly, making EVERY stop, all the way into the city.


I left the house without a book and without my knitting . . . not usual for me, but I changed bags twice this week and stuff just didn't get back together.

So. I'm on the train.

And it stops, about 2/3rds of the way to the next stop.

It stops - and we sit.

We sit and watch four other trains pass us on the other track, headed downtown. The conductor tell us that six other cars are coming from the yard to push us all the way downtown . . .

We don't move for over an hour.

I see a lot of men with hard hats on.

The conductor tells us that all the trains that were traveling on the other track are dead in the water further up the line. So there goes that idea (to get out if we ever get to the next stop and get whatever train comes next on Track 2).

We make it to the next station, but in the mean time, I have run in to the mayor of my town, who asks me what I'm going to do. I could walk over to my cousin's house, or I was thinking of waiting for another train and trying again, because I'm out of leave for the year, but since they are jammed up further up the line, there's probably no point. And he said that the chief of police was waiting downstairs and they would take me home.

I debated but I'm not stupid. It's a day without pay for me. I was bundled into the back of a police squad, and I'm home now, contemplating clearing the driveway, although, once again, they are saying it should melt . . . Hmmmm.

I'm hearing trains behind the house - so I don't really know what's going on, but I'm home, taking a day without pay.


Michelle said...

I'm sorry for the day without pay, although I would gladly take an unexpected day at home to myself, pay or no. (Doesn't hurt as much when you normally DON'T get paid for your daily work! :-) I hope you have a merry Christmas!

Kris said...

Yeah, no pay does suck, but at least your safe, warm and not out in the cold and it's Christmas!!